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Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome – Last show of 2007

I took my son back to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome for the last show of the year on Oct. 14th. We got there early to get our biplane ride tickets, and we were on the 2nd flight to go up. I had purchased a Tokina 12-24mm lens for my D200 over the summer, and it was the perfect lens to put on for the flight.

New Standard Biplane - Nikon 300mm F/4 EDIF - Nikon D200

They have added a second New Standard biplane to the ride schedule. It makes it much easier to get tickets. At $50 per person, for a 20 minute ride, some people might think it’s too expensive. Personally, I feel it’s a very unique experience, and worth every penny. The money from the rides helps keep the place running, so I think of it as a donation.

Our Pilot - Tokina 12-24 - Nikon D200

Our pilot seemed to be enjoying the flight. The wind was pretty strong, which made the ride even more fun than usual!

Big Smile - Tokina 12-24 - Nikon D200

It’s very hard to speak and hear over the sound of the wind and the engine, but from his smile, I could tell Evan was enjoying the ride too.

Old Rhinebeck Airfield - Tokina 12-24 - Nikon D200

My favorite part of the ride is always the landing. Seeing all of the planes lined up on the field, the hangers and old buildings, you really feel like you have traveled back in time.

Old Rhinebeck Flightline - Tokina 12-24 - Nikon D200

This year was the first time I went for a ride in one of the classic cars. I highly recommend it, because it gets you on the other side of the airfield fence, and a different view of the planes.

Pitt Special - Nikon 300mm F/4 EDIF - Nikon D200

This Pitt Special Biplane started off the show with a quick aerobatic demonstration.

Black Baron - Nikon 300mm F/4 EDIF - Nikon D200

They have been performing the same corny (in a good way) show since I was a Kid. The Black Baron kidnaps Trudy Truelove, and Sir Percy Goodfellow attempts to set things right. The Sunday show is always my favorite because it features the WWI fighters.

Fokker D.VII - Nikon 300mm F/4 EDIF - Nikon D200

The bright colors and classic look of the Fokker D.VII make it one of my favorites.
Spad VII - Nikon 300mm F/4 EDIF - Nikon D200

The Spad VII takes off over the trees… you have to envy the pilots that get to fly these amazing planes.

Fokker DR.I Guns - Nikon 28-105 - Nikon D200

Unfortunately, the wind picked up as the day went on, and they grounded many of my favorite planes like the Fokker DR.I Triplane . As a consolation, they let people get behind the fence after the show to get a closer look at the planes.

It’s hard to explain to people why I like this place so much. Part of my attachment is because of my childhood memories of the place. The Aerodrome is frozen in time, and I can travel back in time in more ways than one when I go there.

Another kind of photo blog…

My older brother is building a plane in his garage. He has been working on it for over 4 years now, and it is nearing completion. As a kid, he was always building model planes, modifying cars and anything else he could try. His dedication, skill and attention to detail are quite inspiring… I would love to have even a small bit of each. Over the years he has documented every step of the build with photographs, including the set up of his workshop. He has put up the site to help other builders (and let them know what they are in for). For a taste of the work he is doing, check out the “instrument panel” section.

Check out his site here :

First flight… the way it should be

I mentioned in an earlier post that I went for a biplane ride at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. The plane is a 1929 New Standard in pristine condition. Up to 4 passengers sit in front of the pilot in an open cockpit. They give you a leather cap and goggles to wear to protect you from the wind. My son asked what the goggles were for. I told him that they keep the bugs out of your eyes. As you can see in the 2nd picture above, he was really worried about the bugs and kept his hands over his eyes during the takeoff. This was his first flight in any kind of plane, and I was a little worried about his reaction. He was a real trooper, and gave me a big grin and a thumbs up once we were off the ground. The views from the plane were great, especially with the foliage almost at it’s peak. The bridge you see in the slideshow is the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge . At one point I turned the camera back at the pilot. Not thinking, I left the flash up to give a little light on his face. After 2 shots, I realized that it was probably not the best idea to blind your pilot with a bright light. It was an amazing way to share my son’s first flight. He is still talking about “Airplane Day”, and I hope it is a memory he will cherish as much as I do.